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BHS head asks US lawmakers to extend tax credits
BHS head asks US lawmakers to extend tax credits
Expanding and extending tax credits for biogas would help spur investments in anaerobic digestion and related composting technologies, the CEO of Bulk Handling Systems told U.S. senators.
Talkin' trash: Industry leaders sound off at WasteExpo 2016
Talkin' trash: Industry leaders sound off at WasteExpo 2016
In case you missed it: Thoughtful, newsworthy comments from this year's WasteExpo in Las Vegas.
Plastic not so fantastic when it comes to recycling
Plastic not so fantastic when it comes to recycling
Plastic bags have many uses, but none whatsoever at the Cape May County, New Jersey, recycling center. Despite the fact single-use plastic bags cannot be recycled at the Intermediate Processing Facility, an increasing number of them are making their wa...
Report delves into 15 packaging materials that vex recycling facilities
Report delves into 15 packaging materials that vex recycling facilities
Consumers should leave caps on their empty plastic bottles because when caps are taken off, they often fall through screens, contaminating glass cullet streams. Bottles without caps are also more likely to be flattened and sorted incorrectly. Those are...
The world's trash crisis, and why many Americans are oblivious
The world's trash crisis, and why many Americans are oblivious
As nations around the globe observe Earth Day, one of the most daunting issues facing the world is the mounting waste problem, which impairs public health, pollutes the environment and threatens to drown some poor countries in toxicity. More than half ...
Are truck driver-facing cameras a necessity?
Are truck driver-facing cameras a necessity?
Tom Kretsinger Jr., president and CEO of American Central Transport, does not mince words when it comes to the subject of installing driver-facing cameras in commercial trucks: Cameras are the only way to truly ensure a fleet's drivers are following th...
Why recycling is not enough
Why recycling is not enough
Recycling can be seen as the defining strategy to reducing waste and minimizing the environmental impact; however, optimal solutions for waste management are far more subtle and complex. Behind the word "recycling" lie myriad issues that present an imp...
Don't laugh: Networked trash can actually is a good idea
Don't laugh: Networked trash can actually is a good idea
The Internet-connected refrigerator is becoming a reality. But it also leaves a lot to be desired as an example of the Internet of Things, the idea that network connections will spread to anything with a power cord and even to a lot of things without o...
10 innovative and informative waste and recycling apps
10 innovative and informative waste and recycling apps
In an effort to reduce waste and increase recycling, industry leaders, counties, cities and technology companies are rolling out a number of innovative and informative mobile apps. These apps allow users to manage their waste and recycling, find nearby...
Cities should seek common good in garbage-collection debates
Cities should seek common good in garbage-collection debates
When it comes to talking trash, people often have a lot to say about how it should be collected. In recent years, controversy has swirled around rubbish removal in the Twin Cities area. Campaigns complete with yard signs, fierce lobbying and emotional ...
Report: Global bioplastic market to hit 6.1 million metric tons by 2020
Report: Global bioplastic market to hit 6.1 million metric tons by 2020
The use of bioplastics is set to rise markedly due to improved technologies, according to a U.S.-based research firm.
Expert says Italian health study doesn't apply to US landfills
Expert says Italian health study doesn't apply to US landfills
A recently released study out of Italy suggests that living near a landfill can be hazardous to your health; however, a U.S. waste and recycling industry official disputes the findings.
Bear filmed taking a ride on New Mexico garbage truck
Bear filmed taking a ride on New Mexico garbage truck
A New Mexico volunteer firefighter washing his crew's truck captured video of a bear taking a ride on top of a moving garbage truck.
Landfill trashes $100 million project to separate recyclables from garbage
Landfill trashes $100 million project to separate recyclables from garbage
A recycling sorting facility that would have turned trash into cash and diverted waste from the landfill in Ohio's Franklin County is dead. The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio has canceled a contract with Team Gemini, which was supposed to build ...
Can we rescue glass recycling?
Can we rescue glass recycling?
Glass is at the very heart of longstanding recycling programs. Yet the need to surgically extract glass to keep our recycling systems alive is a decision we've been asked to consider. Regardless of your role in the recycling industry, it is hard to sid...
The growing problem of e-commerce waste
The growing problem of e-commerce waste
The rapid rise in online shopping and food delivery is creating mountains of cardboard and packaging waste, a problem that, so far, few of these so-called "innovative" companies are trying to solve. Amazon is the most notorious, particularly for its Pr...
Could rotten or damaged tomatoes be fuel of the future?
Could rotten or damaged tomatoes be fuel of the future?
Rotten or damaged tomatoes could one day generate electricity, a new study found. The fruit unfit to be sold or processed because of spoilage or damage is generally consigned to the rubbish tip. But the waste crop could be used in biological-based fuel...
Trashbot will eat and sort your garbage
Trashbot will eat and sort your garbage
Robots need excitement. If their lives don't provide instead they'll incite violence. Common sense. Simple common sense. But robots also need trash. That's why the Trashbot is so cool. This robotic trash can will automatically sort all of your garbage,...
Watch this drone-guided robot empty the trash
Watch this drone-guided robot empty the trash
A group of college students has developed a drone-controlled robot capable of identifying and emptying trash cans. The robot was created under Volvo's Robot-based Autonomous Refuse handling project, which the Swedish automaker announced last year. Stud...
Proposed 'waste mall' could rejuvenate recycling efforts in Ohio county
Proposed 'waste mall' could rejuvenate recycling efforts in Ohio county
Officials from three cities in Ohio's Medina County are intrigued by a proposal that would turn the former Central Processing Facility into a one-stop shop for mixed-waste recycling and upcycling. The Optiva Group presented its plan to create the Medi...
The economics of electric garbage trucks are awesome
The economics of electric garbage trucks are awesome
Garbage trucks are one of the least efficient vehicles on the road. Powered by diesel fuel, they average just 3 miles per gallon, burn about $42,000 of fuel per year, and emit about 20 times the carbon emissions of the average US home. As they rumble d...
New York sanitation's resident anthropologist wants to clean up the image of garbagemen
New York sanitation's resident anthropologist wants to clean up the image of garbagemen
Swollen garbage bags are an unavoidable sight on New York's curbs, but the job of carting them away tends to be invisible. "There's this whole army that keeps us safe from our dross," says Robin Nagle, the Department of Sanitation's official anthropolo...
St. Paul, Minnesota, residents, business people share strong views on trash system
St. Paul, Minnesota, residents, business people share strong views on trash system
St. Paul, Minnesota, residents shared tales of garbage trucks — five, even 10 per week — driving through alleys in the early morning. Over the past few months, many people have urged city leaders to switch from having individuals hire their...
How landfill operators are preparing for the new source performance standards
How landfill operators are preparing for the new source performance standards
Last August, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published new proposed landfill gas rules with the Federal Register, making significant changes to the New Source Performance Standards. Final versions of these rules are set to be published ...
What's trending in product stewardship
What's trending in product stewardship
The Boston-based Product Stewardship Institute Inc. held its annual forum in late December, so we took the opportunity to catch up with Scott Cassel, the founder and CEO of the association, and get his reading on current trends with producer responsibi...
Automating fleets can bring safety and savings
Automating fleets can bring safety and savings
Making the decision to automate solid waste and recycling fleets isn't a decision to be entered into lightly. Converting from a rear loader to an automated side-loader or an automated front-loader unit takes some consideration of routes, safety of driv...
Scientists: This bacteria can eat plastic trash
Scientists: This bacteria can eat plastic trash
We produce 311 million tons of plastic each year, yet just a tenth of that will be sent to a recycling plant. This could help: Japanese scientists say they've discovered the first known bacteria able to break the molecular bonds of polyethylene terepht...
Solid waste may be used for highway construction
Solid waste may be used for highway construction
The Indian government is working on a plan to use solid waste generated by urban centers for the construction of national highways. The first such project will be the Delhi-Meerut expressway where solid waste from Delhi's Ghazipur landfill site would b...
New York City's composting program is a mandate in search of a plan
New York City's composting program is a mandate in search of a plan
Benjamin Franklin famously said that life's two certainties are death and taxes. Unless New York City learns from its past three decades of mistakes and short-sighted decisions, New Yorkers can count on a third: the certainty of garbage as a perpetual ...
Fighting the war on trash
Fighting the war on trash
Around the world, warming weather brings picnics, festivals, walks in the park — and garbage. Lots and lots of garbage. Refuse tossed by outdoors-goers, too lazy to clean up after themselves (or too dizzy from sunshine and day-drinking), costs mi...
Global oversupply of PET to continue pressure on recycled PET
Global oversupply of PET to continue pressure on recycled PET
PET recyclers will feel pressure for the foreseeable future because of continued low prices of virgin resin, one plastics industry analyst believes. "The bad news for you is the low cost of virgin resin PET is going to be sustained," said Tison Keel, a...
'Zero waste' policy prompts trash contract changes in San Diego
'Zero waste' policy prompts trash contract changes in San Diego
San Diego extended contracts with each of its 11 trash haulers so the city can enhance recycling requirements mandated by its new "zero waste" policy. The contracts, which had been due to expire in 2021, were unanimously extended by the City Council th...
Fiberglass demand could open up glass recycling market
Fiberglass demand could open up glass recycling market
Single stream recycling processes present unique challenges to glass recovery. While rear load trucks and sorters' spinning discs increase efficiency, these technologies can break glass. But some recyclers have found a way to turn this negative into a ...
'Smart garbage' startup cuts city trash costs by 40 percent
'Smart garbage' startup cuts city trash costs by 40 percent
The amount of garbage in cities is growing. Global trash production has risen to more than 3.5 million tons, according to the World Bank, which estimates that will hit the 6 million mark by 2025. With loads of trash increasing, disposal costs also are ...
The $100,000 job: Garbage workers
The $100,000 job: Garbage workers
When Noel Molina smells trash, he smells money. Lots of it. Molina and his co-worker, Tony Sankar, have been picking trash together for a decade in New York City. They've seen, and smelled, it all. Stale fish, footlong rats, dead pigs and cows. Countle...
Scientists have found a way to turn trash bags into fuel
Scientists have found a way to turn trash bags into fuel
Milk cartons, toys, grocery bags, bubble wrap, machine parts, and even artificial hips. Every year, humanity makes more products from polyethylene than any other plastic, about 100 million metric tons in all. We also throw a lot of it away. Polyethylen...
Government considers sleep apnea testing for bus drivers, truckers, rail workers
Government considers sleep apnea testing for bus drivers, truckers, rail workers
Bus drivers, truckers and railroad workers could be tested for sleep apnea, which can cause them to doze off on the roads and rails, under a federal proposal. Pilots already are tested for the disorder, which disrupts normal sleep and contributes to dr...
How waste-to-energy definitions vary across the nation
How waste-to-energy definitions vary across the nation
The definition of waste-to-energy can be an edgy topic, surrounded by cloudy waters and steeped in heated debates. This confusion and controversy is especially relevant when discussing what counts as renewable energy, in which states, and how much mone...
Garbage merger braves messy market
Garbage merger braves messy market
Leave it to a couple of garbage collectors to shrug off a little mess in the equity markets. Waste Connections, a Texas-based trash processor, announced that it's merging with Canada's Progressive Waste Solutions in an all-stock transaction. It's a gut...
EPA's Environmental Justice Academy class learns skills to help with waste disposal
EPA's Environmental Justice Academy class learns skills to help with waste disposal
Eleven years ago, in the dead of a January night, life in the town of Graniteville, S.C. was drastically changed. That's when a 42-car Norfolk Southern Corp. train crashed into two engines and two rail cars parked on a spur line. In the wreckage, rough...
Canadian city may increase property taxes to help cover recycling program
Canadian city may increase property taxes to help cover recycling program
Thunder Bay, Canada, is considering a solid waste plan that would raise property taxes to cover the city's recycling program. The city estimates this could generate an additional $1.75 million in 2017. Landfill tipping fees currently cover the program,...
Michigan re-thinking garbage laws to promote composting, recycling
Michigan re-thinking garbage laws to promote composting, recycling
Michigan is poised to bury its dependence on heaping garbage in landfills in favor of a rules that emphasize more recycling, composting and other re-uses for the gunk and junk that we all throw away.
Regulations poised to reduce driver ranks and trucking productivity
Regulations poised to reduce driver ranks and trucking productivity
The trucking industry is going to suffer a significant productivity hit from a variety current and on-the-horizon regulatory initiatives, with those same initiatives expected to cause a substantial "wash-out" within the truck driver labor pool as well....
Lakeshore Recycling Systems to use radio frequency chips in trash carts
Lakeshore Recycling Systems to use radio frequency chips in trash carts
In August, Lakeshore Recycling Systems will provide trash carts equipped with radio frequency chips to Highland Park, Illinois, residents who pay for trash service by volume.
Solid waste educator saves trash to illustrate waste generation
Solid waste educator saves trash to illustrate waste generation
What if you had to keep all the trash you generated for a year? How would you look at things like disposable water bottles, fast-food wrappers, and little things like straws and Q-tips? For the coming year, Alicia Ebaugh is going to be doing just that....
Driver shortage poses a challenge to the waste industry
Driver shortage poses a challenge to the waste industry
In a driver drought not expected to end anytime soon, the industry is examining its recruitment and retention strategies. Companies across the board are looking to not only find solid employees, but to keep them once they've become well-trained, experi...
Garbage entrepreneurs are turning food waste into a business
Garbage entrepreneurs are turning food waste into a business
Part-time waitress, full-time garbage entrepreneur — Melissa Tashjian has carved out a niche helping turn smelly food scraps into a dark, rich medium to grow more fruits and vegetables.
Several states consider laws to block local bag bans
Several states consider laws to block local bag bans
As most of the nation's politicians focus on getting elected or staying in office in this presidential election cycle year, state legislatures are speeding through agendas in an attempt to clear the decks in time for summer campaigning. After years in ...
Philadelphia aims at food waste with in-sink disposal law
Philadelphia aims at food waste with in-sink disposal law
Philadelphia is now requiring that new residential construction include in-sink food waste disposers, in an effort to increase food waste diversion. Expanded use of food waste disposers address all of Philadelphia’s GreenWorks sustainability goal...
Garbage: Top 6 scary things you didn't know
Garbage: Top 6 scary things you didn't know
Each American produces about 4.3 pounds of garbage every day. That is a whopping 220 million tons of pure, Grade A, American trash each year. Fortunately, about 55% of this trash finds its way into one of the approximately 3,500 solid landfills in the ...
Dallas app will tweet you to take out the trash
Dallas app will tweet you to take out the trash
Forget to put out your garbage and recycling? Dallas Sanitation Services now has an app for that. The agency announced the launch of a free collection reminder app that features a calendar of municipal waste pickups and can send weekly automatic remind...
Despite benefits, plastic trash dumpsters face challenges replacing steel competitors
Despite benefits, plastic trash dumpsters face challenges replacing steel competitors
Rotomolded plastic trash dumpsters have a bright future over the steel ones — they don't rust, leak out smelly restaurant waste, and make that early-morning banging noise when the truck comes, the bane of the apartment and condo dweller, said Jim...
Nike closes the loop with shoes made from trash
Nike closes the loop with shoes made from trash
It's highly likely that your most recent pair of Nike shoes had a previous life. Earlier this month, the athletic apparel giant announced that a whopping 71 percent of its footwear is made with materials recycled from its own manufacturing process. In ...
Unpacking two recent reports on recycling in the US
Unpacking two recent reports on recycling in the US
Two recent industry reports - "Sorting It Out: What's In Our Waste and Where Does It Go?" presented by Environmental Research and Education Foundation CEO Bryan Staley at WasteExpo last month and "Demystifying MSW Recovery Rates" co-authored by Willia...
How sustainable practices at 3 US universities are reducing waste
How sustainable practices at 3 US universities are reducing waste
Many U.S. colleges have pledged to work toward carbon neutral campuses and are making changes in how they build new buildings, where and how they generate power and what they are sending to landfills. Take a look at what three universities are doing to...
Solar-powered garbage cans bringing free Wi-Fi to Louisville, Kentucky
Solar-powered garbage cans bringing free Wi-Fi to Louisville, Kentucky
The city of Louisville, Kentucky, plans to reduce litter and provide free Internet at the same time. "The technology is just growing. It's crazy they can put it in a trash can," said Ashlee Callahan, a west Louisville resident. Newly installed waste co...
5 garbage collectors who have significantly impacted their communities
5 garbage collectors who have significantly impacted their communities
Working early hours. Lifting heavy, smelly bins. Dealing with customer complaints. Operating difficult equipment. These tasks and more are what garbage haulers are faced with on a day-to-day basis. As the industry's front-line workers, their duties are...
Motorized, automated garbage bin for shopping malls, like Roomba for trash
Motorized, automated garbage bin for shopping malls, like Roomba for trash
Every day, I walk across Montreal's central train station and see a man pushing a cart from one concession stand to the next, piling up garbage bags or cardboard boxes in it. This type of cart could easily be automated like a Roomba to do the same job ...
New Jersey probes criminal elements in recycling
New Jersey probes criminal elements in recycling
Recyclers have illegally dumped construction debris and contaminated soil in South Jersey, Middlesex County and elsewhere around New Jersey, State Commission of Investigation agents testified at a hearing.
This power plant can turn one-third of Shenzhen's trash into energy every day
This power plant can turn one-third of Shenzhen's trash into energy every day
In December, dozens of people were killed in Shenzhen when a landslide of refuse and construction waste from the Hongao Construction Waste Dump collapsed. Shenzhen, a city that has grown faster and bigger than perhaps any other city on Earth over the p...
Effective business strategies help landfill operators tackle day-to-day challenges
Effective business strategies help landfill operators tackle day-to-day challenges
Challenges in getting permits, increasing regulations and managing contaminants and environmental controls are some of the biggest challenges landfill operators face every day. Industry experts weigh in on best practices to manage these issues and rema...
How Recycle Track Systems is taking the guesswork out of collections
How Recycle Track Systems is taking the guesswork out of collections
The commercial waste industry has evolved in many ways over the years, but the basics are often the same: a truck will come sometime to take waste somewhere and customers won't know the difference as long as everything gets picked up.
Keeping safe when operating in wintry conditions
Keeping safe when operating in wintry conditions
From North Carolina to New York, winter storm Jonas dumped record amounts of snow across the East Coast, shutting down governments, burying roads and making curbside collection nearly impossible. As the snow slowed, road crews made their way through th...
The genius trick that keeps trash bags from falling in
The genius trick that keeps trash bags from falling in
Trash bags and waste bins were meant to work perfectly together. Yet that's rarely the case. As trash bags start to fill up, something absurdly annoying happens: the bag falls in.
Oslo trash incinerator starts experiment to slow climate change
Oslo trash incinerator starts experiment to slow climate change
Oslo's main waste incinerator began the world's first experiment to capture carbon dioxide from the fumes of burning rubbish on Monday, hoping to develop technology to enlist the world's trash in slowing global warming. The test at the Klemetsrud incin...
Bear proof trash can designer explains his idea
Bear proof trash can designer explains his idea
When you have a name like Rollin Stone, you better be ready to do some big things. "My mother had a sense of humor; it was a great pick up line in high school," said Stone. Rollin owns RS Welding in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, but was working in his h...
Danish design students create sustainable waste bins to solve public trash problems
Danish design students create sustainable waste bins to solve public trash problems
For some product designers, necessity is the mother of invention. For others, ideas often appear to be plucked from the ether. For two young designers from Denmark, the potential closure of one of their favorite music festivals provided the light-bulb ...
Distracted drivers continue to cause safety risks in solid waste industry
Distracted drivers continue to cause safety risks in solid waste industry
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each day in the United States, more than eight people are killed and 1,161 injured in crashes involving distracted drivers. So, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that the waste ...
How the solid waste landscape looks for 2016
How the solid waste landscape looks for 2016
As 2016 begins, the outlook for the industry looks fairly strong, with positive signs for pricing, volume– and even recycling. But energy volatility will continue to cause struggles. In last year's outlook piece, Business Insights highlighted the...
7 waste-conscious innovations disrupting the green packaging market
7 waste-conscious innovations disrupting the green packaging market
The green packaging market has seen rapid growth in recent years due to advances in technology, heightened interest in circular economy principles, and a cultural interest in more sustainable products. While questions still remain about the lifecycle o...
WasteExpo impressions and insights
WasteExpo impressions and insights
WasteExpo 2016 was held June 7-9 in Las Vegas. The mood at the show was very upbeat, reflecting positive industry fundamentals as detailed below. Attendance was high, at roughly 13,000, while the number of exhibitors reached a record, at over 600.
Human-robot teams take the drudgery out of sorting trash
Human-robot teams take the drudgery out of sorting trash
Think about all the sticky, slimy vile stuff you throw away in a given week. Now multiply that level of gross by everybody in your town. Would you want to have to rummage through all that disgusting detritus to pick out valuable recyclables? Because th...
Futuristic trash tubes could be heading to New York City
Futuristic trash tubes could be heading to New York City
Picture a far-off Utopian future: A New Yorker throws away a piece of trash in a park — maybe an apple core or some plastic packaging — and it's automatically sucked through a vacuum-like tube that runs beneath the streets, whisked away to ...
China is building world's biggest trash incinerator
China is building world's biggest trash incinerator
Even though China's explosive economic growth seems to be slowing, the Asian nation continues to struggle with the problem of what to do with the mountains of trash generated by its cities.The average person in China produces about two and a half pound...
What waste companies consider before they buy
What waste companies consider before they buy
Waste Connections' recent acquisition of Progressive Waste Solutions is likely to be the largest industry deal of 2016, according to David Biderman, CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America. Besides being a huge move for Waste Connections, "...
Why repurposing trash cans doesn't stink (and how to do it)
Why repurposing trash cans doesn't stink (and how to do it)
How do you throw out an old or damaged trash can? Turns out, disposing of a trash can is harder than you might think. Especially the large rolling bins typically used for home trash collection. They often will not fit into a trash can for disposal, whi...
MIT researchers turn waste gas into liquid fuel
MIT researchers turn waste gas into liquid fuel
Turning the emissions of power stations, steel mills and garbage dumps into liquid fuels has been demonstrated by MIT researchers using engineered microbes. The process has been successfully trialed at a pilot plant in China, and a much bigger facility...
Mexican company recycles trash into furniture
Mexican company recycles trash into furniture
In one of the most polluted cities in the world, a company has carved its own niche by recycling trash and creating and refurbishing products in Mexico.
The challenges low oil prices bring to the waste and recycling industry
The challenges low oil prices bring to the waste and recycling industry
Low oil prices may come as a relief at the pump, but they've had a damaging effect on the waste and recycling industry. As oil prices continue to bounce along at their lowest levels in more than a decade, the cost of virgin materials has dropped below ...
Republic seizes opportunity with ash metal recovery facility at a Washington landfill
Republic seizes opportunity with ash metal recovery facility at a Washington landfill
Republic Services Inc. recently unveiled a new ash metal recovery facility at its landfill in Roosevelt, Washington. The facility is set to process all newly delivered ash to the Roosevelt Regional Landfill as well as systematically process all of the ...
From the world's breadbasket to the garbage can: The need for food waste recovery
From the world's breadbasket to the garbage can: The need for food waste recovery
Last week, the House Agriculture Committee held the first-ever Congressional hearing focused on the problem of food waste in America. Representatives from national trade organizations and advocacy groups were among those who testified.
Mapping America's mountains of garbage
Mapping America's mountains of garbage
Widely considered to be the first sanitary landfill in the U.S., the Fresno garbage dump, which opened in 1937, has the dubious distinction of being named to both the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and the nation's list of Superfund sites. T...